Timothy Daly on writing as enormous fun

Timothy Daly is one of Australia's most internationally produced playwrights, with a string of national and international productions to his credit. His play The Man in the Attic was awarded Australia's most prestigious award for a new play, the Patrick White Playwrights' Award, and has been performed in Paris.     What first drew you to play writing? I saw the Nimrod (now ...

Spotlight On: Monday Night Children’s Writers Group

Monday Night Children's Writers Group This September, for the first time ever, we are excited to shine our spotlight on not one, not two, but a whole group of inspiring writers: the Monday Night Children’s Writers group (MNCW). With thirteen members, and convened every second Monday evening by Marian McGuinness, these writers focus on writing for young people of all ages ...

Book Review: Loopholes by Susan McCreery

When I was a career-driven twenty-something, I worked long hours and had little time or energy at night to read. But I grew up loving books and short stories proved to be the perfect genre and length for keeping up my bedtime reading habit. Loopholes by Thirroul based author, Susan McCreery, is a collection of microfiction, or very short stories. Wiktionary.org ...

Review: Speculative Fiction Festival 2017

Back in July NSW Writers’ Centre was delighted to have 14-year-old high school student Grace Othman attend the Speculative Fiction Festival. We asked Grace to write about her experience of the day. NSW Writers' Centre Speculative Fiction Festival was held on the 22nd of July. This day had many talks and panels relating to the topics and genres of fairytales/fantasy, science ...

The power of a striking story with Tony-Spencer Smith

Tony Spencer-Smith is a highly experienced corporate writing trainer, and an award-winning novelist and former Editor-in-Chief of Reader's Digest magazine. Linda Vergnani has written and edited content for corporations, not-for-profit organisations and government agencies, and was previously head of communications for a major South African trust. Together, they're teaching a new course focused on the unique power of stories to engage ...

Writing On Our Calendar: September 2017

New month, new season and too many new events to handle. There's something for everyone, no matter where in NSW you're located. Here's our September round up! 1-4 September: The Festival of a Thousand Stories The Festival of a Thousand Stories is a celebration of storytelling, art, poetry and music on the banks of the Darling River at Bourke. The festival ...

Patrick Lenton on effective book promotion

Patrick Lenton is an author and digital marketing professional. He has worked for Momentum Books, the digital-first imprint of Pan Macmillan, and runs Town Crier, a digital marketing and social media consultancy for authors. His first book is A Man Made Entirely of Bats. What exactly is an advanced marketing release strategy? Advanced marketing release strategy is the process of designing a ...

The adventures of Garry Junior, street library #25

In honour of the 25th anniversary of the NSW Writers' Centre, we built and donated street library #25, nicknamed Garry Junior. Here's an update from the street library's new community. Our beautiful street library has been open for business for about a month now and is much loved by the neighbourhood. My curiosity was piqued when I spotted a street library ...

What We’re Reading: August

Each month the NSW Writers’ Centre staff share what we’ve been reading. In August, we've been reading Jessica Anderson (Tirra Lirra by the River), Shaun Prescott (The Town), and Cecelia Ahern (One Hundred Names). We've also been delving into non-fiction, including Norman Naimark's account of the history of genocide, and Antonia Hayes' collection of essays A Universe of One's Own.    Jane McCredie, ...

Miles Martignoni on creating compelling podcasts

Miles Martignoni works at Guardian Australia as their podcast producer, developing all of their audio projects. He has previously worked at 2SER 107.3 and ABC Local Radio. Miles has taught audio production and journalism at Macquarie, Sydney and Wollongong Universities. What sets podcasting apart from other audio forms? Would you describe it as a genre in its own right? Podcasting is simply a medium ...

Spotlight On: Sheila Ngoc Pham

Each month we shine our spotlight on a member of the NSW Writers' Centre community to learn more about their writing journey, achievements and inspirations. This month we are delighted to feature Sheila Ngoc Pham, accomplished creative non-fiction writer and 2015 CAL WestWords Western Sydney Emerging Writers’ Fellow. Sheila grew up in South-West Sydney, reading books set in faraway places and writing letters ...

Barbara Brooks on what makes a good memoir

Barbara Brooks has published short memoir, essays and fiction, and an acclaimed biography, Eleanor Dark: A Writer's Life. Her essays and stories have been published in Europe, Asia and the US as well as Australia. She is a highly regarded teacher of writing and has taught at a number of universities. How did you come to write memoir professionally?It's the genre ...

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